Our Deputy Minister - Kelly Gillis

Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Kelly Gillis

Kelly Gillis was appointed Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in September 2017.

In this role, Kelly supports the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion.

As Deputy Minister, Kelly oversees the department's contribution to Canada's public infrastructure—building partnerships, shaping policy and delivering programs and services, including investment in infrastructure that meets a variety of community needs and fosters more inclusive and sustainable Canadian communities, as well as support for efforts in preventing and reducing homelessness.

Prior to accepting her Deputy Minister role, Kelly served as Associate Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), helping that department to develop Canada's Inclusive Innovation Agenda and work to build an economy that promotes clean growth, high-quality jobs and increased prosperity.

Kelly has held a number of senior positions within the Government of Canada, notably as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications Sector and Chief Financial Officer at ISED.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University and is a qualified chartered accountant.

She is originally from Montréal and is married with three children.